The Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is part of the State's economic development program to transform downtown neighborhoods into vibrant centers that offer a high quality of life and are magnets for redevelopment, business, job creation, and economic and housing diversity. In its fifth year, the program will invest $200 million in up to 20 additional downtowns statewide. Participating communities will be nominated by the state’s ten Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) based on the downtown’s potential for transformation. Within each region, the REDC will nominate either two downtowns to receive $10 million each or one downtown to receive an award of $20 million to develop a downtown strategic investment plan and implement key catalytic projects that advance the community’s vision for revitalization.

Downtown Lowville is on the right track. Recent public and private investment, local planning efforts, and capital infrastructure improvements have begun to spur downtown’s redevelopment and have created a wave of momentum. To build on this momentum, the Village has undertaken a variety of planning initiatives to refine its vision for downtown and to identify projects that can effect positive change in Lowville. Funding from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) would allow the Village to truly unlock Downtown Lowville’s full potential.

Proposed Projects

  • Downtown Trailhead

    Description: This project redevelops a presentlyunderutilized site into a recreational trailhead. The trailhead will serve as a gateway to the county’s numerous snowmobile trails in the winter and will also connect to multi-use paths in the summer. It will provide a formalized parking lot with dedicated parking for snowmobiles as well as other amenities like gas and tourism information. Gateway signage is also envisioned at the site, with an arching welcome sign that creates a unique and recognizable marker for the trailhead and also identifies Lowville as the start and endpoint for snowmobile activity in the Village and the region.

  • Mural Project

    Description: This project will commission several murals on blank walls throughout Lowville. These murals will enhance placemaking and strengthen Lowville’s identity by celebrating its history and future, creating recognizable landmarks on iconic downtown buildings, and beautifying the streetscape. Several buildings have been identified for murals including: the facade between Tony Harper’s and Dollar General, the wall of the parking lot at the corner of Dayan and South State Streets, and alongside the Lowville Commons walkway as proposed in Project #20. Local artists will receive preference for these commissions.

  • Community Services Hub

    Description: Transitional Living Services, along with Credo Community Center, The Arc, Oneida-Lewis and Mountain View Prevention Services, are looking to utilize the existing Lowville Commons facility as a Community Services Hub to better service the public and streamline care. This project would include both interior and exterior renovations necessary to house all agencies under one roof. Interior improvements to offices, clinical space, treatment rooms, and conference areas are needed as well as exterior improvements for the facade and ADA accessibility. By consolidating these agencies into one building, money will be saved and the public will have all of their community services needs met in one place. This location is ideal for both pedestrians and the Lewis County Public Transportation system. 

  • Bateman Hotel Apartments

    Description: This project redevelops the upper floors of the historic Bateman Hotel into 24 apartments to provide additional downtown housing options. The project totals 13,258 square feet and creates 3 studios, 18 one-bedroom units, and 3 two-bedroom units, all of which will be affordable. The existing storefronts on the ground floor, which are presently occupied, will also be upgraded. This project leverages recent investments at the Bateman building, including a new draft house and spa on the lower floors, and the project sponsor is in the process of securing NYS/HFA Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Tax Credits to supplement DRI funds.be renovated as well.

  • Hand in Hand Childcare

    Description: As the only childcare center in Lewis County, demand for Hand in Hand’s services is high – the organization even has a wait list. In order to serve more families, Hand in Hand is planning to move its Pre-K programming to the Methodist Church, whose leaders support the proposed project. This location will provide three classrooms for sixteen kids and will free up space for younger children at its existing facility just outside the Village. It will also provide opportunities for more participation and programming and create four full-time jobs. This project will renovate the church’s existing classroom space to bring it up to code and will also create a play area on site. The church kitchen will
    be renovated as well.

  • Double Play Community Center

    Description: This project provides a new home for the Double Play Community Center and enables this long-time community resource to expand its health and wellness facilities and programs. The new site is a 7-acre vacant lot nestled in a residential area of the village, for which the project sponsor has already secured funding and worked out a purchase option with the property owner. The proposed 35,000 square-foot community center will include a stage for performances and concerts, a senior community room with kitchen, a dance room and music area, and a workforce training
    room. A gymnasium, indoor turf field, and walking track will also be provided. Outdoor recreational facilities include a multi-purpose athletic field, volleyball courts, a handicap accessible playground, and a trail. The proposed facility and complement of programming
    would be one-of-a-kind in the North Country.

  • Lewis County Welcome Center

    Description: This project creates a Welcome Center at the intersection of State and River Streets in the center of Downtown Lowville. The Welcome Center will provide information about local businesses and programming to visitors and is ideally located to capture snowmobilers and other recreational enthusiasts from the nearby trailheads. It will also strengthen Lowville’s status as the urban heart and central hub of Lewis County. A small outdoor plaza will host pop-up events and can be rented out for local businesses to showcase their goods and services. The Welcome Center will house several Chamber offices and a community meeting space. The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce is looking to acquire the property at 7490 South State Street, whose current owner intends to relocate, in order to facilitate implementation of this project.

  • Judge's Quarters Bed & Breakfast

    Description: Judge’s Quarters Bed and Breakfast is a historic home located at the southern edge of Downtown Lowville. This project includes the construction of two new buildings: a two-story residential building with a 900 square-foot dwelling unit on each floor, and a new carriage house with a rental unit on the second flood and snow sled/vehicular storage on the first floor. These new buildings will double the number of existing rental units available at the Judge’s Quarters. Complementing these new proposed structures, this project also includes streetscape
    improvements along the site’s South State Street frontage. With its prime location adjacent to Downtown and the Lewis County snow sled trail system, this project will provide much-needed recreational lodging, and simultaneously beautify the entrance into the Village.

  • Historical Society

    Description: This project provides for the restoration of, and heritage-appropriate improvements and upgrades to, the iconic, historic, and national register-listed Masonic Temple building in Downtown Lowville from which the Lewis County Historical Society operates its museum. Restoration work will preserve the historic character and structural integrity of the building while green technologies, including a rooftop solar array, energy efficient windows and lighting, and a green HVAC system, will improve sustainability and work towards decarbonization. These improvements will allow the Historical Society to expand its collections and programming and become a center for art, educational, cultural, and heritage tourism – all while attracting increased numbers of visitors to Downtown Lowville.

  • Town Hall Theater

    Description: This project involves restoring and upgrading the historic Town Hall Theater. The first-floor facade of the building will be restored and the pre-WWII glass panels that are broken or missing will be replaced with historically-accurate replicas. Interior upgrades will include the addition of 400 new seats with builtin cup holders and some small tables. DRI funding will complement recent private investment at the theater, in particular the addition of a stage in front of the film screen which has significantly expanded the theater’s potential arts and cultural programming. This project complements additional planned investments including the installation of energy-saving windows on the second floor, to be privately funded by the project sponsor. 

  • 1812 House

    Description: Centrally located in Downtown Lowville, this project focuses on renovating the historic 1812 House to attract new visitors, support expanded  programming, and celebrate the Village’s rich historic heritage. Since opening its doors in 2017, the 1812 House and its grounds have functioned as a quaint bed and breakfast and event center, hosting weddings, reunions, and parties. This project will preserve the building’s historic features and enhance the experience and comfort of all. The proposed renovations include commercial kitchen updates, the addition of central air conditioning and utility upgrades to increase efficiency, construction of an outdoor kitchen, facade improvements, and new landscaping.

  • PB&J Cafe and Lloyds

    Description: This project involves repaving the parking lots at PB&J Cafe and Lloyds of Lowville Diner, which  have experienced continual problems with ponding and, in the winter, icy patches. Repaving these lots will make it much easier and safer for customers at both the cafe and the diner to park and access the buildings. This project also includes the addition of central air at the PB&J Cafe. The cafe and diner are located on a centrally-located lot at the southern gateway of the DRI Area, meaning that improvements here will be immediately recognizable and will help generate increased customer traffic in the area.

  • Lowville Farmers Co-Op

    Description: The Lowville Farmers Co-Op has been a staple of the Village’s economy for 101 years. In recent years, the Co-Op has been growing its sales and bringing new products to market. This project will fix leaking roofs at the Co-Op’s facilities, construct a small storage expansion on the mill, repair equipment including the grain distributor, add two more grain bins for storage, and install a robotic stacker for feed bags. These improvements will increase efficiency at the production facility and allow the Co-Op to keep up with growing demand from local residents and farmers. These improvements are expected to be completed by the end of 2022 if funded.

  • Tug Hill Artisan Roasters

    Description: Tug Hill Artisan Roasters, a local coffee shop, is moving its cafe and roasting facility into the historic Old Jail and Sheriff’s Residence on South State Street. This project will restore the historic building and rebuild the original wrap-around porch. It will also create a streetfront patio space for outdoor dining. The interior of the building will be remodeled to support the roastery, bakery, cafe, and retail spaces. Other improvements include re-paving and striping the parking lot and installing an energy efficient heating system. This project leverages funding from the New York Main Street Program and the Lewis County Microenterprise Grant Fund.

    EV Charging Stations: Tug Hill intends to install 3 EV charging stations in its parking lot for public use.

  • Mixed-Use Redevelopment

    Description: This project adaptively reuses the buildings at 7545 and 7551 South State Street to create a mixed office and residential development. Several existing buildings will be demolished to make way for a 12,000 square-foot, 3-story addition. The remaining portion of the existing building will be treated with facade improvements and the second and third stories will be remodeled to accommodate a makers space and four loft apartments. The lower floors of the building will house the Lewis County Industrial Development Agency/Lewis County Economic Development and co-working and conference spaces. This project creates entry-level housing options that are attractive to young professionals and fills the need for creative and co-working spaces downtown. Property acquisition and demolition is expected in 2022, with construction slated to begin in 2023.

  • National Abstract

    Description: The building at 7557 South State Street is one of the many late 1800s brick buildings lining South State Street. This project seeks to restore the historic elements of the original facade that have been altered or removed by past renovations. Additional elements of the project include: renovating the 2,400 squarefoot second floor into office space, reconfiguring the entrance to provide private access to the first and second floor offices, and upgrading the building’s mechanical and electrical systems to meet current energy efficiency codes. Once complete, National Abstract will continue occupying the first floor office space and other tenants will be sought for the second floor offices. The restoration part of the project is expected to occur during the 2022 construction season, with the office renovations to follow. 

  • Residential Renovations

    Description: This project restores the historic building at the corner of the highly visible State Street / Shady Avenue intersection in preparation for future residential occupation. Windows on the second and third stories of the building will be replaced along with other structural improvements. This project leverages recent investments in the building which involved structural and facade improvements at 7592 and 7594 South State Street. Together, these investments are the initial steps in renovating and prepping the building for occupancy on the second and third floors. The project can be completed in late 2022 or early 2023
    dependent on funding.

  • The Trading Post

    Description: The owners of the Trading Post building are working to restore the historic structure to its original grandeur. The exterior facade will be returned to its historic condition and the interior of the building
    will be remodeled to accommodate future occupancy. Work will involve replacing the roof, rebuilding the rear wall, and installing new wiring, plumbing, and an elevator at 5421 Shady Avenue. This project leverages privatelyfunded work already begun at 5415 Shady Avenue in August 2021 including roof repairs, new windows, and updated plumbing and electrical.

  • Elements Day Spa

    Description: Elements Day Spa is looking to expand its service offerings at 7686 North State Street. This project would create more treatment rooms to accommodate referrals from local physicians and would renovate rooms to allow for easier access for handicapped patients. New siding and insulation will be installed to improve the exterior facade and enhance energy efficiency. Additional parking, including designated handicap spaces, will be added in the rear of the building to free up parking on State Street. With DRI funding, these renovations are expected to be completed by fall 2022 or spring 2023.

  • American Legion

    Description: The historic, 152-year-old American Legion building at 5383 Dayan Street is in need of renovations to preserve its architectural character. This project will reconstruct two historic cupolas and include heritage-appropriate treatments to the brick facade. Other improvements include a new roof and windows. The American Legion building is an iconic piece of Downtown Lowville’s streetscape and improvements here will be immediately noticeable, as the Legion is the first commercial building visitors see as the enter the Village from the west. Renovations are expected to be completed in six months.

  • Skewed Brewing

    Description:  This project adds a 8,000 squarefoot expansion to the existing Skewed Brewing manufacturing facility at 5501 Trinity Avenue as well as an outdoor patio area for visitors. The expansion will allow Skewed Brewing to significantly scale production and keep up with growing demand. The outdoor patio, which will feature seating, lawn games, and nighttime lighting, will create a fun and inviting space for visitors to enjoy Skewed Brewing’s creations. This project builds on the company’s recent $8,000 investment in upgraded electricity service to support the proposed expansion. The expansion is expected to be operational in a year, with the first shipment of products planned for fall 2022.

  • Lowville Commons

    Description: This project enhances the user experience at the Lowville Commons public parking lot and better connects it to businesses along State Street and Shady Avenue. The Lowville Commons lot provides freelyavailable public parking within walking distance of nearby businesses in Downtown Lowville. This project will resurface and better formalize the existing lot with green infrastructure and bicycle amenities and will also create an accessible pedestrian connection between the lot, alongside the Town Hall Theatre, to Shady Avenue – as this is an often traveled pedestrian route.

    EV Charging Stations: The Village is interested in including three public EV charging stations in the Lowville Commons lot.

  • Downtown Complete Streets

    Description: This project implements “complete streets” techniques along State Street, Water Street, Shady Avenue, and Trinity Avenue in Downtown Lowville. Improvements on State Street will emphasize
    streetscaping and wayfinding, with pedestrian amenities, facade enhancements, and signage that create a welcoming, cohesive, and safe environment. Connections to State Street from Water Street, Shady Avenue, and Trinity Avenue will be enhanced through ADA compliant curbs, defined bikeways, strengthened pedestrian crosswalks, streetside amenities, pedestrian lighting, and wayfinding signage. These enhancements are intended to provide options for safe, multi-modal travel, improve accessibility, and better connect the these streets and the proposed rail-with-trail corridor to State Street and Downtown.

  • Veteran's Park Improvements

    Description: This project enhances recreation facilities and improves pedestrian and vehicular access to Veteran’s Memorial Park. New amenities will include a splash pad, upgrades to play equipment, and an accessible walking trail. Outdoor theater equipment will be purchased to allow for new programming, including “Movies in the Park” and other family events. The Parkway which connects the park to State Street will be reorganized to improve circulation and safety and enhance walkability. Green infrastructure features including bio-retention ponds, culvert day-lighting, porous pavement parking areas, and additional tree planting with be included as part of the project.

    EV Charging Stations: The Village is interested in including three public EV charging stations in the Veteran’s Park lot.

  • Rail-with-Trail

    Description: This project creates a trail corridor along inactive portions of the Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern Railroad and the Lowville Beaver River Railroad. The corridor will feature multi-use trails along both sides of the rail line which can support walking, cycling, running, skating, and other activities. The existing rail ties will also be repurposed to use for rail bikes. This project creates a regional tourism corridor by connecting local destinations, including the Lowville Depot and a farmer’s market to be created along the trail, to destinations in nearby Carthage and Croghan. It also involves the restoration of the original Lowville Depot as well as the construction of a roundhouse and turntable to display a historic steam locomotive.

“Our trails, waterfalls, kayaking, hunting, and other outdoor activities attract thousands of visitors every year. By connecting these experiences to a lively downtown, we will be able to develop our small businesses, cultivate interest, and stimulate our tourism industry.” - Richard Chartrand, County Legislator, Lowville.

Public Information Session | August 27th, 2021

Thank you to all those who joined us at the Downtown Revitalization Conversation at Food Truck Fridays, August 27th, 2021 from 5:30 - 8:30pm! The community came together at Food Truck Friday at the Lewis County Fairgrounds in Lowville to review and discuss the Village of Lowville Downtown Revitalization Initiative Application and learn more about its potential impact to the region. 

Food Truck Fridays Lewis County NY was founded in 2017 as a community event focused on providing great food truck eats, local live music, lawn games and a family-friendly atmosphere!

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